Allen Polt was born in New York. He spent his formative years with a strong interest in art paired with a creative talent beginning at age 6. His gift was soon acknowledged and his future established.
Polt went on to earn his degree in Illustrating Arts from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. After graduating, he worked in New York City, drawing portraits for the Wall Street Journal. He continued his studies of drawing and painting under the direction of Frank Reilly of the Art Students League.
In 1974, Polt left Manhattan for a change of pace and found visual inspiration in the landscape of Taos, New Mexico — an art community surrounded with beautiful landscapes. His masterful paintings have been featured in galleries across the Southwest. Polt, however, kept returning to people - portraiture, characters of the Old West, and Old Mexico Market scenes.
To quote Allen Polt, “I can tell you that in the midst of a painting, it’s about the best place I can possibly be.”